Even as temperatures hover in the forties, crocuses are coming up in curbside flowerbeds citywide, which means one thing: time to springify the wardrobe.
Wool coats are being rotated into storage and sundresses, the best warm-weather perennial, are making their way back into closets. Not that that means money is making its way into wallets. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep up with the season and keep costs down.
Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is famous for its ritzy shops, but Brooklyn’s is home to low-dough alternatives in the form of vintage and resale shops. This week, the fashionable salesclerks of Park Slope offered their takes on the latest trends.
At Beacon’s Closet (92 Fifth Avenue, at Warren Street), the baby brother of the Williamsburg resale mecca, Katie Rose ID’d three major trends for spring: western wear, wide-leg trousers, and orange. “Orange was all over the runways,” she said. Platforms and clogs were the shoes of choice, she said. And, at the shop, a white wool cowboy hat was up for grabs for $9.95 and Frye-brand clogs were going for $24.95.
Down the block at Odd Twin (164 Fifth Avenue, at Degraw Street), a store with a more carefully curated retro look, Courtney Peters pulled a 1970s-era Indian-print maxi skirt ($48) from the racks as an example of an on-trend item. Peters, who also works for a trend forecasting firm, recommended slouchy cuts and natural, uncombed fibers for the coming season. “There’ll be a lot of untreated fabrics,” she said, “and you’ll be able to see seeds and stuff in there.”
At Guvnor’s (178 Fifth Avenue, between Sackett and Degraw), Lisa Mundy seconded the vote for the western look, and noted that shirtdresses and wrap dresses (of which the grungy vintage hub has many) are in every spring. But, she said, it’s hard to say what will sell, since her customers seem careful not to get ahead of themselves. “We’re still having a lot of people who aren’t buying for spring just yet,” she said. And with snow still dotting the 10-day forecast, the super-reduced-price jackets and coats outside the shop might still be a good idea–spring fashion or not.